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Management of Waterfront Areas (File #317.2)

At Protected Beaches: Beaches are actively managed and guarded

Swimming within designated areas at protected beaches will only be allowed when lifeguards are on duty. During all other periods appropriate department signs will be posted on the beach instructing the public that there is no lifeguard on duty and no swimming is allowed. If a beach is to be closed for a period when it would normally be open, an informational departmental sign stating that the beach is closed should also be posted at the campground entrance. As resources permit, designated campground staff should inspect the beach area to ensure the public is complying with the no swimming directive.

At Unprotected Beach Areas: Beaches which look like protected beaches but are no longer actively managed or guarded

There may be areas in a facility where the public may gather to swim other than at protected or at naturally occurring beaches. This situation may exist at areas which are previously improved but no longer utilized as a designated swimming area. In these areas, appropriate department signs will be conspicuously posted instructing the public that there is no swimming allowed in this area. As resources permit, designated campground staff should inspect these areas to ensure the public is complying with the no swimming directive.

At Naturally Occurring Beaches or Swimming Sites: The public may have access to the water on a lake or river shore

Such swimming sites have not been improved or designated for swimming. The department does not actively manage these sites and water activities are undertaken at the public's risk.

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